Security Law and Practice

This In-house programme will look at the issues involved in making security law an integral part of management policies. It will take your team through the law as it relates to theft, trespass, arrest and CCTV.

Course Overview

It is essential that a security service is both cost-effective and succeeds in protecting both the people that work for the organization and its property. A failure to have an awareness of security law can have serious legal consequences. This In-house programme will look at the issues involved in making security law an integral part of management policies. It will take your team through the law as it relates to theft, trespass, arrest and CCTV.

This In-house programme will help your security and facilities team:
  • Gain a thorough understanding of security law
  • Identify principles of security law which are related to practical security situations and dilemmas
  • Develop a valuable insight into how security law principles operate both in criminal and civil law
  • Become aware of the importance of evidence

Your next step is to call us now on +44 (0)20 7729 6677 or email us at or use our contact form and find out how we can help. There are no commitments, and if we cannot help our advice and recommendations are free of charge.

Sample Programme

Law relating to theft
  • An appreciation of the Thefts Acts 1968 and 1978 amended
  • Theft by customers and staff
  • Aspects of robbery and burglary
  • Going equipped for stealing
  • False accounting
  • Fraud Act 2006
  • Dishonest handling of goods
Dealing with trespassers
  • What is trespassing?
  • Exclusion letters
  • Legal effects of notices which are not valid legally
  • Establishing who is a trespasser
  • Prevention of entry and trespassers and their ejection – relevant case law
  • Persons believed to be mentally ill
  • Abolition of wheel clamping rights on private land and related issues
  • Public and private rights of way
  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders amended
  • Legal means of deterring trespassers
  • Guard Dogs Act 1975
Occupiers’ liability
  • Effect of Occupiers’ Liability Acts 1957 and 1984
  • Importance and legal validity of warning notices
  • Negligence liability to lawful visitors including trespassers and children
  • Occupiers’ liability and its relationship with Health and Safety legislation
  • Criminal damage
Powers of arrest
  • Powers of arrest for security officers and those of a constable
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 as amended by S110 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
  • Wrongful arrest and false imprisonment
  • Use of force when making an arrest and Section 3, Criminal Law Act 1967
    • The ejection and the prevention of entry of trespassers
  • Self-defence and when it is reasonable to use it
  • Breaches of the peace
  • Arresting children and young persons
Powers of search
  • Security of officers and powers of search
  • Common law power of search
  • Searches, including random searches of employees, visitors, trespassers and arrested persons
  • Random searches of hand goods and vehicles
  • Consent of search
  • Effects of the Equality Act 2010
Legal implications of CCTV
  • CCTV and the Data Protection Act 1998
  • CCTV and evidence
  • Use of covert CCTV and the effects of Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
  • CCTV and the Human Rights Act 1998
  • CCTV Code of Practice
Outlines of the law of evidence
  • Classifications of evidence
  • Effects on evidence of Code ‘C’ of the Codes of Practice made under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 amended
  • Giving a caution to a suspect
  • Form of the caution
  • Notebooks, statements and giving evidence in court
  • Importance of keeping daily records of daily events affecting security management
Private Security Industry Act 2001
  • Role of the Security Industry Authority
  • Who is affected by the Act and its regulations?
  • Proposed amendments to the Act

Recommended Trainer

James E. Duke LLB, ACIS, ACIArb, FRSA, Cert Ed (Leeds) is a qualified barrister and is now a consultant company secretary to 63 major companies and professional partnerships in the UK. He advises on all aspects of corporate, partnership, business, employment, industrial, contract and intellectual property law. He has a specialism in security law and advises museums, retail, industrial, manufacturing and property companies including managing agent of shopping centres.

James is an associate consultant to the College of Estate Management at Reading University for the Diploma in Shopping Centre Management and is author of the Module Centre Security and the Law, including several other legal publications.